Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Winning a Euro tournament is as much about luck and state of mind as it is about having the best squad. Just ask Denmark and Greece. Suddenly, reigning world and European champions Spain are no longer looking like favourites for Euro 2012 after it was confirmed that they will be without both Carlos Puyel and super striker David Villa.
Surely the clever money will now shift to Germany who will be packing one hell of a punch at Euro 2012 with messrs. Ozil, Muller, Klose, Podolski and Schweinsteiger. And no, we haven't forgotten about the not-insignificant power and skill of one of the best Dutch squads we've seen in many a year.
More Than a Game's earlier thoughts that Croatia might spring a surprise seem more unlikely now by the day.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of football fans will receive emails today telling them whether they have been successful in applying for tickets for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
UEFA has been busy allocating tickets to each of the 14 non-host federations' fans and while the number of england supporters applying for England-only-matches is said to be less than the official supply, it is reported that around 12,000 Irish fans have applied for each of their group matches where their official allocation is just 6,000 tickets.
UEFA.com says that it recieved more than 12 million ticket applications when Euro 2012 tickets first went on sale in March 2011
Photo (c) Steven Depolo
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Ukrainian Health Authority is advising foreign football fans to think about getting vaccinated against measles ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament. Cases of measles have been on the rise since 2010, with over 1,000 cases said to have been reported over the past 12 months.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Svetlana Tikhonenko has advised foreign visitors to be covered for measles, rubella and tuberculosis.
Many in Ukraine blame the current epidemic on a batch of botched vaccinations in 2009 with at least one death - that of a 17 year old boy in the Donetsk region - blamed on poisonous vaccinations.
Giovanni Trapattoni is keeping his bets close to his chest